Big Sky, Big Mind: Contemplative Astronomy Workshop
Andrea Schweitzer and Jim Tolstrup
September 5–7, 2014
Throughout history, we have looked to the skies to follow the rhythm of the seasons and to ponder life’s mysteries. This workshop will reignite our passion for the stars by using interactive, kinesthetic astronomy to experience the movement of the celestial bodies. We will combine periods of contemplation; presentations of the astronomical lore from Celtic, Tibetan, and Native American traditions; and a guided walk to observe the interplay of the sun and seasons with the land. Come deepen your meditation practice and take home a personal connection to the night sky. No astronomy background required.
Four Seasons Program: Earth & Sky
The retreat groups for Being with the Land and Contemplative Astronomy will join together for two short sessions over the weekend to share in exploration of our connection to both earth and sky. This collaboration is part of our new Four Seasons program—an exciting series of interdisciplinary, nature-based programs bringing together the expertise of scientific disciplines and wisdom traditions to celebrate and understand our sacred Earth.
For more information on the Four Seasons Program, click here.
Andrea Schweitzer, PhD, is an astronomer with the Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud, Colorado. Having collaborated with NASA on programs such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Voyager missions, she balances her work with her personal practices of stargazing, yoga, and meditation.
Jim Tolstrup, a director of Shambhala Training, has been a practitioner of indigenous wisdom traditions since 1977. He is president of Cankatola Ti Ospaye, a non-profit that supports Native American elders. As the executive director of the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland, Colorado, he works with land developers to “restore nature where we live, work and play.”